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   10   Afghanistan

The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the motion of Mr Morrison (Prime Minister)—That the House:

(1)        notes with great concern the urgent and dangerous situation in Afghanistan and the uncertainty ahead for the Afghan people;

(2)        acknowledges the role of Australia’s service men and women during the last 20 years within the coalition forces, working with our allies and others, in the cause of fighting terrorism, promoting freedom and seeking to support the people of Afghanistan;

(3)        honours the sacrifice of the 41 Australians who have died in Afghanistan in the service of their country, and acknowledges the terrible loss suffered by their families;

(4)        recognises the service of the more than 39,000 Australian Defence Force men and women who served their country in this, our longest war, and the sacrifice of their families in supporting their service;

(5)        acknowledges the work of thousands of diplomats, aid workers, members of the Australian Federal Police and other government officials who have contributed to our efforts;

(6)        recognises the sacrifice of our coalition partners and our allies, who have seen their service men and women give their lives for the work they undertook in Afghanistan;

(7)        recognises the sacrifice of the people of Afghanistan, particularly those who have died in war or in conflict;

(8)        acknowledges and expresses gratitude for the important ongoing role of ex-service organisations in supporting veterans and their families;

(9)        commits to the continued work in providing support to all current and former service personnel and their families, and to those who work to serve Australia’s interests at home or abroad;

(10)     acknowledges and commends the ongoing work and dedication to duty of those Australian personnel and officials who are providing and have provided assistance and support to those in Afghanistan in an extremely dangerous situation;

(11)     notes the Government is continuing to take urgent action to evacuate, from Afghanistan, Australians, Afghan visa holders and others, along with their families, in cooperation with other coalition partners, in extreme conditions;

(12)     notes more than 8,500 Afghans have been resettled in Australia since 2013, including more than 1,900 locally-engaged staff and their families;

(13)     notes the Government’s work since April to bring out more than 430 locally-engaged employees and their families to be resettled in Australia, and that this number is increasing as further evacuations are now undertaken;

(14)     notes the Government is committed to providing at least 3,000 places for Afghan resettlement in 2021-22, with further commitments to increase the intake in following years; and

(15)     calls on any future government of Afghanistan to respect the human rights of all its citizens, especially women and girls, and for the international community to hold any future Afghan government to account—

Debate resumed.

It being 1.30 pm, the debate was interrupted in accordance with standing order 43 and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour this day.